TORRENTS OF SPRING: A Romantic Novel in Honor of the Passing of a Great Race
Price: 1,450.00 USD
(New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S FIRST LONG WORK TO BE PUBLISHED. Although it was written after THE SUN ALSO RISES --"to cool out," Hemingway explained-- THE TORRENTS OF SPRING was published prior to his more famous novel. It was written as a parody of Sherwood Anderson's Dark Laughter. "It seems to have started as a knockabout parody of Sherwood Anderson's mechanized folkware" (quoted in THE HEMINGWAY READER). Written in ten days, it is a satirical treatment of pretentious writers. Hemingway received a mixed reaction to the novella that was sharply critical of other authors. His wife Hadley believed the characterization of Anderson was "nasty", while F. Scott Fitzgerald considered the novella to be a masterpiece. First edition. 8vo, original black cloth lettered in red on the spine and upper cover. 143 pp. A very good, well preserved copy of Hemingway's first novel, generally clean and solid, hinges firm with no splitting, the cloth with some light evidence of age, a pleasing copy.